“I should have just maintained my form but I’ll just go back to the drawing board and come back better the next time, because I’m determined to be one of the best,” the Mico student athlete resolved. Jamaica is especially good in the women’s 400m at this time, but the 2015 Boys and Girls Championships Class one 400m winner isn’t daunted. “I know I can get a spot in that group based on my hard work and my dedication,” she said passionately, “and I know my abilities and my strength, and that’s the best thing.” Her previous lifetime best was 52.35 seconds. Loney, who hopes to run the 200m at this weekend’s Utech Classic, to work on her finish, said, “Practice is great, just going hard every day, knowing what I want to push me forward.” She is benefiting from the knowledge of her coach, 1983 World 400m champion Bert Cameron. “That’s really, really helpful because he tells us his experience so we may learn by his experience and others and just try to be the best that we can,” she said. Determined Dawnalee Loney of The Mico University College didn’t win the 400m at last week’s Jamaica Inter-collegiate Track and Field Championships, but she left with her resolve strengthened. Loney is eager to take her place amongst the nation’s best and she believes she is on her way. Her bright outlook is based on how well her training is going currently. Loney lost a competitive Inter-collegiate final to Verone Chambers of the G.C. Foster College, despite clocking a personal-best 52.08 seconds. “I had planned just to go out, run off the first curve, travel down the backstretch, try to cover as much ground as I can and then run off the 110, then keep my form in the straight”, said the former Balaclava and Camperdown High School star minutes after the race. “But when I saw Verone coming, I responded by leaning back at the last 20 metres, which I shouldn’t have done,” she confessed about an encounter that reversed the result of a race she won over Chambers a month ago at the G.C. Foster Classic, 52.36 to 52.40 seconds.
In the girls competition, striker Nakamu Monica sent Rift Valley ahead on the 14th minute after curving a left cross to the net before Edna Nasipodi sealed the win on the 54th minute.Rift Valley coach Paul Lokoel attributed the victory to well preparedness and discipline.“We were well prepared, and the girls were dedicated and portrayed high level of discipline,” Lokoel saidLokoel, who also coaches Nakalale Primary in Turkana, said that they studied their weakness and strength of their opponents and the team was prepared to trounce the defending champions.Though the team recorded a win, most of the girls played bare foot due to lack of sport facilities where he called on the regional coordinator to facilitate the team with sports gear before travelling for East Africa championship in Rwanda.“Most of the players had no boots and they had to play bare foot though they were determined to win,” he saidIn soccer girls finals, Rift Valley trounced defending champions Western 2-0 in battle of titans played in the morningThe team captain Cecilia Akeke from Unity Primary School in Turkana said that they had prepared well noting that their opponents had energy and the team was strong, but they were determined and focused to win.In Handball Girls, a replica of the same was witnessed where Rift Valley thrashed Nyanza 19 -9.In Boys Handball, Rift Valley displayed the same discipline punishing Coast region 28-14.Rift Valley continued their dominance in Volleyball boys thrashing Coast region by straight sets.In Volleyball Girls category, Rift Valley displayed the same spirit destroying Western 3-0.The host Central region were humiliated in pool stages and they did not even see the light of semis.-By John Gathua-0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nyanza beat Rift Valley 4-2 in the Boys Primary School Games scoccer final. Photo/COURTESYNYERI, Kenya Aug 2- Rift Valley dominated the National Primary Schools Sports Championship held in Nyeri County, clinching most of the titles in both boys and girls categories.In soccer girls finals, Rift Valley trounced defending champions Western 2-0 in battle of titans played in the morning while Nyanza were crowned the boys champions after downing Rift Valley 4-2 in extra-time.